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Nigerian Egg Roll Recipe

The Nigerian Egg roll is entirely different from the famous Chinese Egg Roll. In Africa, we prepare our version of Egg Roll just as the name implies. It is a boiled egg wrapped in a mass of dough and deep-fried.

African Egg Rolls

This Egg roll is often sold as street food in west Africa. However, Tea lovers can have this for breakfast. Also, you can serve it with a glass of cold juice for brunch; For me, I eat this any time of the day – and I must add, it is a very filling snack.

Sliced African Egg Roll to show inner egg

Just like the Scotch Egg, the African Egg roll is deep-fried and also very easy to make. However, a key to achieving great success in making this recipe lies in the preparation of the dough; the dough will be a little wet and soft and a bit hard to work with, don’t be too concerned about that at this stage.  By the time the dough is left to rest for about 15 to 20 minutes, it will turn out well. Though it will still be soft, however, it will be more manageable. If you use the exact measurements below, you will get exactly what you see here. 

African Egg Rolls inside in ceramic bowl

Important notes

  • Do not wrap all the eggs at once except you are ready to fry them right away. Only wrap as you fry. If you do otherwise, the dough around the egg will continue to rise. This will cause the dough to lose its snug fit around the egg by the time you fry.
  • The Egg Rolls should be fried on medium heat. Frying on a high heat will prevent the Egg Roll from cooking on the inside. Don’t worry the Egg Roll will not get soggy in the Oil as long as the Oil is not cold.
  • Use enough Oil to deep fry in other to get the best result.
  • You can also bake this if you choose to, but the Egg Roll will not be as soft on the inside as the deep fried one.


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Nigerian Egg Roll Recipe

Boiled egg wrapped in a mass of dough and deep-fried. Easy to prepare, inexpensive, and very delicious. It can be eaten as breakfast, an appetizer, or snack with hot sauce or ketchup.
4.56 from 78 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: African
Keyword: easy, homemade
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 5 People
Calories: 265kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu


  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp Margarine
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • 8-9 Tbsp Water
  • 5 Eggs Boiled


  • Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  • Add the margarine and use your fingers to blend the margarine into the flour until crumbly.
  • Stir in the beaten egg. The dough should look dry at this point.
  • Begin to introduce the water a little at a time and work the dough till the dough is soft and sticky but still workable.
  • Work the dough for about a minute, then cover it and let it rest for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Work the dough again for a couple of seconds to a minute and divide it into five balls.
  • Flatten out each ball of dough on the palm of your hand, drop the egg in the middle of the flattened dough and tightly wrap the dough around each egg.
  • Fry on medium heat until golden brown about 6 to 8 minutes turning it every few minutes.
  • Serve your Egg Roll hot or warm. Enjoy!


  1. Ensure that you have enough oil in your frying pan to deep fry the egg rolls.
  2. It is best to use a tall, wide pan so that the egg rolls can move freely and brown evenly.
  3. If you want less doughy rolls, you can use 6 eggs and divide the dough into 6 parts.


Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3mg

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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 8th of March 2023

Nice one ma good to be on your page

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Sunday 30th of April 2023

Welcome here.

Ajayi Kayode

Friday 23rd of December 2022

so good and sweet i have learn


Wednesday 14th of December 2022

I am grateful to God that lead me to you. I am able to stand boldly and defined my buns. Before I don't know if it is buns am baking or puff. Thank you very much may God bless and increase you more everyday.

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Monday 19th of December 2022

Thank you, rejoice. Good to know you are making delicious buns now.

Ogunkoya joy

Thursday 8th of December 2022

Thank you chef, it was well explained, you are a good teacher as well as a good cook

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Monday 19th of December 2022

Thank you, Joy.


Thursday 13th of October 2022

Chef Lola you are indeed a great woman and a good chef. I bet you will enjoy your marriage cause of all the recipes you always drop. God bless you ma'am with all your recipes that have been watching have been able to start my own snacks business. Pls I want to ask you a question about this egg roll. A customer of mine asked me to divide the egg in the roll into two. Pls is that possible?

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Sunday 16th of October 2022

Thank you so much for your kind words, Mommah. It is possible to divide the egg before you place it in the roll. Ensure that the egg is well boiled so that the yolk is intact and not too dry. That said, people don't like to eat half eggs most time, so ensure that dividing the egg is acceptable to your customers.